OSPF, BGP, and STP: OH MY!

OSPF, BGP, and STP: OH MY!

OSPF, BGP, and STP: OH MY!

Welcome to another installment of the “Tim needs to learn networking better” series. This episode is not really anything specifically NSX related. I want to implement OSPF on my lab network, but before I can do that, I really should understand what it is and what it does. I decided to add a couple other protocols used in the lab. This write-up is simply for my own sanity-checking. If someone else finds it useful, cool!


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VMware provided Horizon View 7 Admin UI

VMware provided Horizon View 7 Admin UI

VMware provided Horizon View 7 Admin UI

VMware has a packaged Admin UI for Horizon View 7 that provides administration capability without requiring the installation of Adobe Flash. The Admin UI works like a thinapp package and supports View administration only, no external browsing. There are a few known issues described with workarounds along with the download link in VMware KB 2144303.


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New Fling: vSphere HTML5 Web Client

New Fling: vSphere HTML5 Web Client

New Fling: vSphere HTML5 Web Client

VMware first introduced the vSphere Web Client with the release of vSphere 5.0. The vSphere Web Client would be the future management tool replacing the vSphere client aka “Legacy, Thick or C# Client”. This would be become more evident over time with each release of vSphere. New features could only be managed through the vSphere Web Client.


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VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done!

VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done! (via VSANteam.info)

VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done!

Creating Stretched Clusters could not be easier with VSAN. In fact the process of configuring different types of VSAN clusters, with features like deduplication and compression enabled is now a snap in the new Configuration Wizard.


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VMware VSAN: When good enough more than passes…

VMware VSAN: When good enough more than passes muster (via The Register)

VMware VSAN: When good enough more than passes…

Last week I attended SFD9 and the last session of the week was with VMware about VSAN 6.2. This is not a review of the product or an analysis about single features; there are plenty of them already. Instead I’ll talk about what a product like VSAN 6.2 means for the entire SDS/HCI market.


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The Practical Path to NSX: Security,…

[VIDEO] The Practical Path to NSX: Security, Automation, & Application Continuity

The Practical Path to NSX: Security,…

Read more about network virtualization with VMware NSX here: https://www.vmware.com/products/nsx/ Milin Desai of VMware discusses an overview of VMware NSX at VMworld 2015. He highlights the 3 most common pain points within customers and how VMware NSX has addressed them through its value proposition. See a live demo of VMware NSX’s infrastructure security, IT automation, and application continuity in action.


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Getting Started with the Free Log Insight for…

Getting Started with the Free Log Insight for vCenter

Getting Started with the Free Log Insight for…

VMware gives away a 25-OSI pack of vRealize Log Insight 3.3 for all users with a supported vCenter Server license. VMware vRealize Log Insight is a log management software with intuitive dashboards, sophisticated analytics and broad third-party extensibility. It provides deep operational visibility and faster troubleshooting.


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What’s New with VMware Horizon 7

What’s New with VMware Horizon 7

What’s New with VMware Horizon 7

Today, we announced the general availability of VMware Horizon 7. Horizon 7 reinvents desktop and application virtualization with a single platform, purpose-built for the mobile-cloud era. Drawing on the best of mobile and cloud, Horizon 7 radically transforms traditional VDI, giving you unprecedented simplicity, flexibility, speed and scale—all at lower costs.


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Understanding VMware Virtual Desktop Pools –…

Understanding VMware Virtual Desktop Pools – Horizon View 6

Understanding VMware Virtual Desktop Pools –…

VMware View Virtual desktop pools is a collection of desktops that users select when they log in using the View client. A pool can be created based on a subset of users, such as finance or HR, but this is not explicitly required unless you will be deploying multiple Virtual Desktop master images.


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VCAP6-DTM Design Beta Exam Available

VCAP6-DTM Design Beta Exam Available

VCAP6-DTM Design Beta Exam Available

Last month we announced the availability of our VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Design (VCAP6-DCV Design) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation Design (VCAP6-CMA Design) beta exams. While those exams have moved to the evaluation stage, the third exam – VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Design (VCAP6-DTM Design) – has opened for registration.


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Deploying VMware Update Manager 6.0 Update 2

Deploying VMware Update Manager 6.0 Update 2

Deploying VMware Update Manager 6.0 Update 2

With the release of vSphere 6.0 Update 2 I needed to update my hosts! VMware Update Manager [VUM] makes updating and patching your environment very easy. It can also be used to upgrade VMTools and VMHardware versions on your virtual machines. In this post I will be installing VUM on Windows Server 2012 R2 VM using the SQL Express database and attaching it to my VCSA 6.0 U2 appliance. Once installed then I will use VUM to update my environment!


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VMware Horizon 7 – Installation Overview – The…

VMware Horizon 7 – Installation Overview (via The Virtualist)

VMware Horizon 7 – Installation Overview – The…

It was more than a month waiting for general availability of VMware Horizon 7. What is new in the new suite you can find here. I’m not going through all details in the installation and configuration, but I will try to highlight the new features.


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VSAN 6.2, checksumming where you should

VSAN 6.2, checksumming where you should

VSAN 6.2, checksumming where you should

Today I was talking to a customer about the checksum functionality that is part of VSAN 6.2. They asked me if VSAN was still prone to bit rot scenarios, and they mentioned other potential bottlenecks like no data locality… It was fairly straight forward to set it straight as with VSAN 6.2 we do have a “host local read cache” and we checksum all data by default on write and on read, and yes we also scrub the disk to pro-actively detect potential issues.


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vSphere 6 Update 2 – Whats In It for Service…

vSphere 6 Update 2 – Whats In It for Service Providers

vSphere 6 Update 2 – Whats In It for Service…

It’s been just over a week since VMware released vSphere 6 Update 2 and I thought I would go through some of the key features and fixes that are included in the latest versions of vCenter and ESXi. As usual I generally keep an eye out for improvements that relate back to Service Providers who use vSphere as the foundation of their Managed or Infrastructure as as Service offerings.


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